Regional: Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
The TA will be aligned with the impact of economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated. The proposed outcome will be the implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated. The outcome will be achieved through the following outputs (i) national institutional mechanisms enhanced; (ii) working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened; (iii) SASEC Secretariat operationalized; and (iv) capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.
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|Project Name||Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform
Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services
Transport / Multimodal logistics - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The TA will be aligned with the impact of economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated. The proposed outcome will be the implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated. The outcome will be achieved through the following outputs (i) national institutional mechanisms enhanced; (ii) working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened; (iii) SASEC Secretariat operationalized; and (iv) capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
For the past 19 years, the SASEC program operated on an institution-light and projects-heavy format. The SASEC program's mechanisms for facilitation, coordination, and monitoring, as well as the platforms for discussions among the member countries, consist of (ii) SASEC Nodal Officials, who meet at least annually to review and provide strategic direction and guidance for cooperation under SASEC; (iii) working groups and subcommittee, which meet at least once a year to review strategic priorities and project-based progress; and (iv) SASEC Secretariat which is based at the ADB headquarters and assisted by regional cooperation specialists and focal points based in the resident missions. The SASEC FMs met once to endorse the SASEC Vision.
This served the program well as the countries enjoyed the flexibility to proceed on their own pace. However, with the SASEC program facing more intensified and increasing new demands and the pursuit of the SASEC Vision's goals through the Updated OP and APSI, the strengthening of its institutional mechanisms is necessary. The enhancements in the existing institutional mechanisms and arrangements aim to ensure that the SASEC Vision provides a coherent and strategic direction for the SASEC program, and that the SASEC OP and APSI set the frameworks, guidelines, and priorities for more deliberate planning and accelerated implementation of regional cooperation projects.
|Impact||Economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated|
|Description of Outcome||Implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
A minor change in TA scope and implementation arrangements was approved on 28 May 2021 to support a study on data analytics that would help in assessing SASEC logistics movement.
The study is in line with the objectives of the draft Action Plan of SASEC Initiatives (APSI) 2021-2023, and would benefit SASEC''s work in the priority SASEC corridors. Using appropriate data analytic tools, the study would aim to systematically capture, analyze and understand the origin, destination, and specific movement patterns of cross-border trade logistics among the region where the priority SASEC Corridors are planned.
|Description of Project Outputs||
Regional and national institutional mechanisms enhanced
Working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened.
SASEC Secretariat established and operationalized in the subregion
Capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The TA supported the recruitment of web expert, web content manager, web content editor, and GIS expert. The experts will help upgrade and update the SASEC website as a dynamic information portal for projects, activities, and initiatives, leading to enhanced external and internal visibility of the SASEC program.
The TA supported the recruitment of a tourism expert who will help to come up with an action plan for the SASEC subregion that will showcase and demonstrate the benefits to be gained by the member countries from such initiative.
The firm which will undertake the SASEC Data Analytics Study is soon to be onboard for the assignment. The study will aim to consolidate a comprehensive data collection and enable an analytical model or methodology that can be used to understand logistics movement across SASEC borders in an objective and quantitative way, based on data analytics.
|Geographical Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||18 person months of international consultants and 32 person-months of national consultants|
|Procurement||No procurement to be made|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Hayashi, Tadateru|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
Hayashi, Tadateru, --
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||26 Nov 2020|
|Fact Finding||04 Sep 2020 to 04 Sep 2020|
|Approval||11 Dec 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Nov 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Dec 2020||-||11 Dec 2020||31 Dec 2023||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,900,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,900,000.00||17 Jun 2022||273,164.94|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2020|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Regional Cooperation Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||20 Apr 2022||26 Apr 2022|
|Regional Cooperation Specialist (National)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Feb 2022||22 Feb 2022|
|Maritime Regulations Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Dec 2021||16 Dec 2021|
|Web Administrator||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Jun 2021||23 Jun 2021|
|Data Analytics for Assessing SASEC Logistics Movement||Firm - Consulting||Closed||18 May 2021||22 Jun 2021|
|Web Content Editor||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Apr 2021||21 Apr 2021|
|Supply Chain Mapping Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Mar 2021||23 Mar 2021|
|SASEC Web Content Manager||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Jan 2021||27 Jan 2021|
|SASEC Web Administrator and Developer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Jan 2021||27 Jan 2021|
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